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  • 1. CISC HANDBOOK Caxton International Study Centre Specialised Study Programme to prepape students for entry into the British educational system Secondary office phone: 96 142 41 74 Email: [email protected] CISC Handbook 2013-14
  • 2. CISC 1 & CISC 2 HANDBOOK WELCOME! Dear Parents, We are delighted to welcome your son or daughter to the CISC programme (Caxton international study centre). Within this handbook I hope that you will find all the useful CONTENTS Secondary Educational System ................................. 2 information that you and your child requires to enjoy a great year at Tutorials ................................ 3 Caxton College. As well as lots of practical information concerning Assessment & Reporting......4 the running of the school, we have also included advice and Core Subjects & Aims ...........5 recommendations from the Heads of Department involved in your childs education. Core Subjects........................ 6 -Non-core subjects..............15 Complementary Activities...22 House System .....................23 We aim to provide your child with a secure and friendly working Progression Policy...............24 environment, in which the academic and social features of learning -Monitoring of At Risk can prosper. For this reason, we ask us to join us in supporting your Students..............................24 son or daughter in all their endeavours. Extra-Curricular Activities....25 Homework............................25 Practical Information...........26 Amparo Gil Marqus Principal CISC Handbook 2013-14 -School material ................26 - School uniform .................26 -Transport ............................26
  • 3. THE SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM The Secondary school in Caxton College encompasses three full key stages, divided as follows: Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9), Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) and Sixth Form (Years 12 & 13). This period covers the teenage years of our students (from 11 to 18 years old), which is why we consider this to be the ideal time, not only to instil in them good study habits, but also to make them responsible for their own actions and decisions, to show them how to make the best use of their leisure time and, of course, to try to mould them into better people. In Year 10, students start their 4th and final obligatory key stage, a very important stage in their education, lasting 2 years. At this time, the tightly-linked cooperation of teachers, parents and students is essential. As a result of this collaboration between the school and the home, our students obtain excellent results with which to apply for University, while, on the way, they grow into excellent individuals. "Accept responsibility for your actions, and adopt a healthy attitude to life Caxton College is a recognised examination centre for the University of Cambridge examination board (CIE) as well as the Edexcel London Board. In Year 9 students sit IGCSE ESL (English as a Second Language), so that they can focus on the EFL (First Language English) exam for IGCSE throughout Years 10 and 11. In Year 11 pupils sit their IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), thereby enabling them to obtain the Certificate of ESO in the Spanish system (Certificate of SPANISH SYSTEM BRITISH SYSTEM 6 Primaria Year 7 1 ESO Year 8 2 ESO Year 9 (Y9-E) 3 ESO Year 10 4 ESO Year 11 (Y11-E) 1 Bachillerato Year 12 2 Bachillerato Year 13 CYCLES Obligatory Secondary Education). The IGCSE exams are a very important part of our students education, given that they will need the highest possible grades in order to progress without difficulties in Sixth form. Students begin preparing for them in Year 10, and they sit the exams at the end of Year 11. Access to Sixth Form depends on both their IGCSE grades as well as Spanish Language and Social Sciences. In Years 12 and 13 students take AS and A2 levels (A levels). At present, in order to gain access to Spanish Universities, students submit their A Level grades as well as those obtained in 2 extra Spanish subjects which are chosen by the students themselves, depending on the career they wish to follow in the future. Major challenges in CISC 1 and 2: CISC 1 will have to choose their optional subjects if they move into Year 10 ; CISC2 their 3 A level options. To improve their English level enough to join mainstream and to master the basics of Spanish Both will sit the IGCSE in ESL; CISC 2 will take 5 more IGCSEs. EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS KEY STAGE 3 KEY STAGE 4 SIXTH FORM Y9E CISC 1 Y11E CISC 2 2 CISC Handbook 2013-14 IGCSE ESL IGCSE AS level/ Advanced level
  • 4. TUTORIALS The students have the help of a tutor throughout Secondary school. Students meet their tutor first thing every morning. As well as the meetings with tutors held by the school, parents can always request a personal interview to talk about their childs progress whenever they wish. The tutor is responsible for monitoring individual students and, with this aim in mind, holds one-to-one interviews with them periodically to give them any support or advice they may need. In order to achieve fluid communication between the school and parents, our web page includes a private area for parents, where they can send and receive emails, see their childs Progress List which is updated weekly, see term grades and receive documentation such as handbooks, talks from the Psychologist and other items of interest. Y9-E, which is the form name of CISC 1, and Y11-E which is CISC 2, will have 1 teaching period with the tutor per week to enable more time to monitor progress, develop study skills and get to discuss any problems. Meet the Tutors... Joshua Ball Y9-E (CISC 1) Lewis Wright Y11-E IGCSE in Global Citizenship: Career Skills: Great importance is placed upon the human and personal development of our pupils, as we consider this to be fundamental to a balanced and well rounded education. This course covers a wide range of issues including the following content: Throughout secondary school students attend one class a week in Personal and social education. This is a time for thought and for personal and group reflection, following a programme of Education and Values. How do communities develop? Does democracy work? Y9-E Career Skills: How does technology change communities? Can we create a fairer world? Can I make a difference? The activities contained in the programme are designed to develop awareness of world issues as well as local issues, this also involves taking part in a local community project. It will result in a final exam of 2 hours . 3 CISC Handbook 2013-14
  • 5. ASSESSMENT AND EVALUTATION In Y9-E there are three assessment periods for which you will receive an end of term graded report, the third term will end in internal examination in science and maths and an external examination in English second language (IGCSE ESL), if progressing into Year 10. Y11E has two assessment periods, with the third ending with the final external IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations. Please note that these grades will often feature a + or sign to indicate a students position in relation to the actual criteria, and provides better differentiation among the students. For The end of term reports are graded A-E and an have an example a C+ would indicate achievement heading in the direction of improvement towards the next grade, effort grade 1-5. whereas a C- serves to illustrate that the student is At the end of the year, any CISC pupils who fail to falling short of a grade. achieve at least a grade C in any subject will be required to sit an exam in September. A B Sometimes works above the average target level for his/her age. C Works at the average target level for his/her age. D Usually achieves less than the average target level for his/her age. E Achievement: Works consistently above the average target level for his/her age. Always achieves less than the average target level for his/her age. 1 2 Usually does more than is asked of him/her. 3 Only does what is asked of him/her. 4 Sometimes needs to be more motivated. 5 Effort: Always works to his/her best ability. Often works at an unsatisfactory level. Shows respect to others. B: Nearly always C: Usually Takes responsibility for own actions. D: Only on occasions Takes care with personal appearance. Development: Co-operates with others. Is obedient and polite. Personal A: Always E: Hardly ever EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS IMPORTANT INFORMATION Exams held in school are carried out under formal examination conditions. If a student misses an exam or tests, they must provide a They are very important in order to consolidate knowledge and to gain an objective picture of a childs progress. If a student has an unjustified absent the day before an They also prepare examinations. students for future medical certificate. If not, they will receive a zero mark. examination, they will not be allowed to sit the exam, and they will receive a zero grade. external 4 CISC Handbook 2013-14
  • 6. Y9-E & Y11-E CORE SUBJECTS & AIMS Year 9-E The main aim of this course is to rapidly develop language skills and knowledge of core subjects to correspond with mainstream Year 9 students to enable them to successfully enter the Year 10 IGCSE programme. Year 11-E The main aim of this course is to rapidly dev